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Syed, GOP should renounce intolerance

first_imgYasmine Syed, the Republican candidate for Niskayuna town supervisor, wants to paint herself as a victim because she was associated with Alex Jones, Breitbart News, and Rush Limbaugh.But her party — the Niskayuna Republicans — are routinely broadcasting content from those sources via social media. Even one Jones post is too many.It’s time for Syed and Republicans at all levels of government to denounce Jones, Breitbart, and Limbaugh and the messages of hate and intolerance that they broadcast. That would be real leadership on their part and go a long way toward healing our civic discourse.Jeff CorbinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shahzad gets 12-month doping ban

first_img(REUTERS) – Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been banned for 12 months after inadvertently ingesting a prohibited substance, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said yesterday.The 29-year-old underwent an out-of-competition test in Dubai in January and his sample was found to contain clenbuterol, classified as a non-specified substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.Clenbuterol, used by sufferers of breathing disorders such as asthma, is banned in and out-of-competition.Shahzad pleaded guilty to the violation and the ICC accepted he had “inadvertently ingested the substance as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut”, the governing body said in a statement on its website. (www.icc-cricket.com)The ban has been backdated to his sample collection on January 17, 2017 and he can return to cricket on January 17, 2018.“Today’s announcement reminds all international cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation,” ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.”It further serves as a reminder to all international cricketers of the dangers and risks associated with taking supplements.“Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision.” Shahzad has played 58 one-day internationals and 58 T20s for Afghanistan.last_img read more

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Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous lands first collegiate title

first_imgATHENS, Georgia, (CMC) – Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous has secured her maiden collegiate title in the United States and is looking forward to even bigger and better things.The University of Georgia freshman won the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.78 metres on her third and final attempt at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens at the weekend.“I’m really grateful for my results this past meet,” said Famous, who won six medals during her CARIFTA career.“I wasn’t aware of my position until the very end when they announced my name before I was about to jump, so I was really excited on the inside but had to stay focused on my jump, which secured my position.“It has been a bit of a struggle these past few months, but I can say that I’m slowly but surely improving. I appreciate all of the support and positive encouragement that I have received and looking forward to jumping higher heights in future competitions.”“It was a special moment as it was my first win in a collegiate meet. My focus is more on improving my height, which would put me in a better position to compete in higher level competitions,” added Famous, who missed the chance of final CARIFTA glory as university commitments meant she was unable to join the Bermuda team for this year’s renewal in the Cayman Islands.In her absence, Bermuda won six medals.Bermuda National Athletics Association president Donna Raynor said was delighted Famous has achieved another milestone in her career.“I’ m happy to see that things are falling into place,” Raynor said. “First place at any competition in university is a great result. I look forward to her competing for Bermuda this summer. We are hoping to send her to the University Games in Naples, Italy, and the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.”Bermuda jumping coach Rohaan Simons said Famous’ ability to overcome challenges spoke volumes about her character.“I’m really excited because obviously it’s about the journey and sometimes things don’t go your way,” he said.“It’s going to show what type of person you are; are you going to blame others for your failure or push forward and work harder to improve on the things you need to improve. That’s the stage she’s at now.”last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay | Give Champs the attention it deserves

first_img There is absolutely no question that these “hide and seek” games which admittedly enhance the hype and make the successful professional forecasters seem like geniuses, have their negative effect. The cat and mouse play advances the view that Champs is the pinnacle showcase for this generation of athletes. Several see the March/April event as the fulfilment of their dreams in the sport. What comes after in the Summer is not given as serious an approach as it deserves. This columnist has travelled with junior teams to international competitions and some of the talk coming from a few of the team members, is absolutely chilling. The words, “this is not Champs but I’ll see what I can do” swiftly comes to mind. In other words, it is equivalent to putting school over country. Bear in mind that the much maligned Captain Burrell, Jamaica’s football supremo, will have none of this in his ranks. As far as he is concerned, representing Jamaica even as far as preparation exercises go, must supersede any other activity. As a remedial response, there have been calls for the dilution of the Champs model and some of what it embraces. Stronger focus, those protagonists claim, ought to be given to national exploits. They continue to express the view that, “the schoolboy and schoolgirl model being the most important one, must go.” Foster’s Fairplay has time for that argument but it has to be structured in a manner that will not detract from the value of Champs. Neither should its component parts be seen as an overkill. As it stands, too many positives, which can be further developed, are woven into the fabric of Champs. Champs is too high profile and by extension, highly marketable an event to allow for any diminishing of its format. All it needs is to be tweaked a bit to allow the dollars that it attracts to flow in with greater intensity and rapidity. The ISSA executives need to contract the expert services of the world’s most efficient marketers to assist in selling the product to a more diverse set of buyers of sporting content. The annual Penn Relays forays can be utilised as working trips to launch this and similar initiatives. Let Champs and how it has impacted the world, be a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. – Email feedback to [email protected] Last weekend, athletes from two different age groups – Under 18 and Under 20 – participated in the country’s Trials for the Carifta Games, which takes place during the Easter holidays in Curacao. Foster’s Fairplay will allow the erudite statisticians to catalogue the plethora of brilliance which emanated from that event. Suffice to say, it provided further indication that, as the colloquialists would put it, “wi nuh tap yah.” The coaches who guide the country’s young sporting products have displayed that they too are of world class rating. They have prepared their charges to have them peak at what they deem to be the right time. This could be seen in the performing language of some name brand participants parading their skills while at the same time showing that, “I am not quite ready” or “I am holding back.” It seemed to many watching from various vantage points, that it was not yet time to serve the “pudding”, the proof of its delectable taste, being withheld until Champs. The InterSecondary Schools Sports Association’s flagship event, the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Championships is just under three weeks away. The five day spectacle, known to the world of track and field as ‘Champs’, is once again expected to roll out top-drawer performances by the nation’s young athletes. The runners, jumpers and throwers on show, will clearly demonstrate how talent-blessed is this piece of rock, discovered by Christopher Columbus approaching the close of the 15th Century. So much so, that if the Spain-funded Italian explorer’s ability to foretell, matched his genius at discovering countries, he would have called this one, Atletico Xamayca instead. In time to come, its athletes would have removed any doubt among critics as to how appropriate the name had been. Erudite statisticians Hide and seeklast_img read more

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